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From the feedback I get from new mums, most are taught to breastfeed their baby either by:
1. The midwife holding their breast and pushing the baby's head or shoulders on to latch
2. Seat upright, mum hold's baby's head, if baby gapes wide, bring baby to mum.....if baby doesn't gape wide, baby cries and baby is sort of "shoved on"
IT REALLY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT DIFFICULT FOR MOST BABIES!
Babies are born with the instinctive ability to find the breast and latch by themselves.
If you lean back and tuck your baby in super close, nose opposite your nipple with head tilted back, he or she will be able to tap into those instincts to latch, by searching and opening his/her mouth wide to latch.
You may need to support and shape your breast to facilitate your baby's latch
If this is unachievable, you may need a nipple shield - Contact an IBCLC http://www.lcanz.org/find-a-lactation-consultant/
Use your bra cup as a supportive ledge to support the weight of your breast
Use a rolled facewasher/handtowel beneath your breast to support the weight of your breast...
STILL HAVING DIFFICULTIES LATCHING?
Contact an IBCLC for support to assess and support your breastfeeding http://www.lcanz.org/find-a-lactation-consultant/
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Kellie Eason RN, RM, IBCLC
Nurse, Midwife, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Infant Feeding Therapist, Gentle Sleep & Settling Consultant servicing but not limited to Melbourne, Essendon, Windy Hill, Pascoe Vale, Coburg, Brunswick, Ascot Vale, Moonee Ponds and surrounds